Help Your Dog Feel Less Anxious
Change your greeting and exiting behaviors so they are calm, low-key events. Enter and leave without acknowledging your pet. When your pet sits quietly, greet him or her. It is best to wait until your dog has calmed down to greet him or her. See our separation anxiety section. Upon greeting, position yourself kneeling or have your pet stand so your heads are at approximately the same level.
Never punish dog submissive urination or incontinence. Punishment increases anxiety and your pet is already overly anxious. Simply clean up without comment.
Additionally, the following may help to resolve your dog's incontinence:
- Exercise your pet twice a day because exercise promotes a feeling of well-being in pets.
- Reward your pet for everything he or she does well, but ignore what he or she does wrong. Rewarding desired actions reinforces them and your pet will repeat them. Ignoring undesirable actions extinguishes them.
- Allow your pet to sit at the same level as you sit; for example, on the sofa or an elevated pet bed.